Chery-JLR’s First Model Will Be Freelander 2October 17th, 2012 | Posted in Chery | Jaguar Land Rover
With the official blessing, the joint venture between Chery and Jaguar Land Rover is set to break ground on its production base in Changshu, Jiangsu, as soon as late this month. More details emerge this week on the company’s production plan.
When the Changshu vehicle factory opens in July, 2014, it will roll out Land Rover’s second-gen Freelander. About a third of the designed production capacity of 130,000 will be allocated to the compact SUV. The joint venture’s long term plan is increase annual vehicle sales and production to 250,000 units.
Chery-JRL’s Production Plan
|Chery-JRL Models||Production capacity|
|Land Rover Freelander 2||43,000|
|Land Rover Range Rover Evoque||34,000|
|Some Jaguar sedan||30,000|
|Local brand cars||23,000|
The Freelander 2 from Chery-JLR will be powered by 2.0 TGDI engines also built in Changshu. In the initial period, the engine plant will have a capacity to roll out 125,000 2.0 TGDI and 5,000 V6 engines a year. The smaller, 16 TGDI may be added to product line later as capacity rises.
JLR has so far signed up 125 dealers in China, 89 of them already operational.